BMW has finally taken the wraps off the new generation 5 Series executive sedan, which remains a tribute to its bigger brother the 7 Series, deploying an evolutionary and understated design.
The styling is backed by the new lightweight architecture and comes with wide array of new technologies as well as updated powertrains. The seventh generation 5 Series is here after numerous teasers and the deployment of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium have delivered a weight loss of up to 137 pounds (62.14 kilograms) and as much as 220 pounds (100 kg) for the US and European models, respectively. The design is an evolution towards what the 7 Series has to offer, with important changes including the grille-linked headlights and the addition of active slats for the kidneys that have an impact on aerodynamics.
Buyers looking for even more panache can order from the get go the optional M Sport package with bigger air intakes up front, new side skirt trim, and a reworked rear bumper with rectangular exhaust tips. There are also 19 inch rims and a lowered suspension for a sportier feel. The 2017 model year is now 1.2 inches longer and the wheelbase has been increased just 0.2 inches – but there’s an extra 1.2 inches of legroom in the back, with the model also 0.6 inches taller than the outgoing 5 Series.
BMW is also introducing two new powertrain options linked to the eight-speed automatic and an optional xDrive all-wheel drive. The 530i now comes with a refreshed 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (349.8 Newton-meters) of torque, compared to 240 hp (179 kW) and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) from the current 528i. The flagship option in the US is the 540i, going on the road with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 hp (250 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm), against 300 hp (224 kW) and 300 lb-ft (407 Nm) in the outgoing 535i. For Europe there will be the regular 520d and 530d diesels with 190 hp and 265 hp, respectively, also available with xDrive.
There’s also lots of new technologies to go with the lower weight: optional Adaptive Drive system with upgraded Dynamic Damper Control, or the rear-wheel Integral Active Steering offered on the xDrive versions. Semi-autonomous driving capabilities are enabled via the Active Lane Keeping Assistant and Traffic Jam Assistant – good for single lane traffic and stop-and-go conditions. There’s also the iDrive 6.0 infotainment system that now comes with the 7 Series gesture control functions. The 2017 BMW 5 Series will reach US dealerships in February 2017 and will be presented in front of the worldwide audience at the LA Auto Show this November.